BASF's Freeport facility wins Texas Chemical Council safety
Site honored by trade association for outstanding safety performance
FREEPORT, Texas, August 12, 2004 -- BASF's Freeport site has been
recognized by the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) as a winner of the
organization's 2003 "Occupational Safety Distinguished Service
BASF was one of only five companies in its category (500 employees
and above) that qualified for the award, which the company has earned
in four of the past five years.
The objective of the annual TCC Safety Awards Program is to promote
the continual improvement of safety performance by TCC member companies.
The program is intended to achieve this objective by providing recognition
for TCC member facilities who, during the previous calendar year,
have both achieved exemplary results and demonstrated commitment
to safe operations through implementation of TCC supported safety-related
During 2003, BASF's Freeport site used a number of unique approaches
to "spreading the word" about the importance of occupational
safety. Employees at the site's hydroxylamine unit used game show
formats such as "Who Wants To Be A Safety Millionaire,"
'"Safety Rule Jeopardy," and the "Safety Wheel of
Fortune" in its employee training programs. The result was
100 percent employee participation. Employees at the site also met
with local students on Earth Day in April to discuss how safety
is important to the protection of the environment and community.
The number of injuries and illnesses at the Freeport site in 2003
was 44 percent less than the previous year.
"We are very proud of our site's safety programs and the results
that have been achieved," said Art Colwell, Vice President
and General Manager of BASF's Freeport site. "We are committed
not only to making products better but to doing so in a safe and
Founded in 1953, the TCC is a statewide, 82-member trade association
representing more than 90 percent of chemical manufacturers within
BASF's Freeport site employs almost 700 employees and 350 contractors
and produces chemicals that are used in a wide range of product
applications including adhesives, superabsorbers, paints and coatings,
nylon and plastics.
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